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Josef Newgarden returns to the cockpit of his Joe Tandy Racing Formula Ford with a heavy heart this coming weekend (May 30-31), with Rounds Four through Six of the MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain, taking place at the Rockingham Motor Speedway in England. The triple-header will mark his first races since the tragic passing of team owner Joe Tandy. Newgarden was in America on a scheduled visit home when he learned of the news
Newgarden's successful partnership with Tandy, which started last winter, had rapidly developed into a special bond with the former driver and up-and-coming team owner. Sharing insights, experience and advice, Tandy not only made the 18 year-old American feel at home in his inaugural season of European junior formula car competition, but helped propel him to victory lane. Driving a JTR machine, Newgarden scored a win in his first-ever British Formula Ford event. Everything changed however on May 13th, when Tandy, the 2005 Formula Palmer Audi champion, lost his life in a road car accident near his home in the UK.
“To be honest I’m still in a state of shock about Joe’s death,” said Newgarden. “What I learned and experienced with Joe will last my entire life. He was more than just my team owner, he was my friend. I’ll never forget Joe and now more than ever, I’m committed to winning the Formula Ford title in his honor.”
With the Tandy family announcing that Joe Tandy Racing will continue its efforts in both the British Formula 3 International Series and MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain, as Joe Tandy would have wished, Newgarden has returned to England on schedule with his sights set on placing his JTR car in victory lane at Rockingham.
The rising American talent, whose final memory of Joe came on a May 8th team test at Brands Hatch in which Tandy stated how proud he was of the young driver, will get behind the wheel of his No. 21 Robo-Pong/Racer of Tomorrow Ltd / Joe Tandy Racing Mygale SJ08 Premier Power car on May 30-31, committed and confident for Rounds Four, Five and Six of the MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain.